Coalition of Employers for Veterans
The Oasis Townsville offers clients and candidates a service that is free and works to connect veterans to employers.
The Oasis Townsville has had a number of approaches from employers who recognise the value of having a veteran as an employee. Our approach to harnessing these employers is to lean on the Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Program which identifies some businesses that employ veterans in Townsville:
Red Rock Recruitment
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There are a number of other supportive businesses in Townsville too, so we'll encourage them to join the PMs Veterans' Employment Program and help us find jobs for service men and women and their partners. By joining the PM's Veterans Employment Program and signing the pledge, business will be authorised to display the Proud Supporter of Veterans' Employment logo on their website, as we have done in the header of this website.
We received a significant donation from Toyota Material Handling who we discovered employed veterans and had chosen The Oasis Townsville as the charity of choice. And the video below from Channel 7 News is very instructive and recognises the benefits of employing veterans, by NQ Excavations. And the Boral story is also great testimony to the benefits of employing veterans.
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Testimonials on the benefits of employing veterans
The story of Kathy Lawrence working for a company that appreciates the skills Kathy brings from her military experience.
Employing veterans makes good business sense
Australia boasts a military that is among the most highly skilled in the world because Australian Defence Force (ADF) members receive world class training.
When a veteran leaves the ADF, they take with them a range of qualifications, training and skills that make them valuable to the civilian workforce. In a competitive market for human capital it makes sense to consider veteran candidates when looking to hire.
Organisations are finding there are many advantages to looking past the typical 'industry experience' based candidates and are benefiting from hiring veterans who bring new insights, expertise and innovative thinking to their organisation.
Top skills veterans bring to the civilian workforce
The ADF uses a tasking philosophy called 'mission command' which means "let me know what you need accomplished, tell me what resources I've got to do it, and let me get on with it". This is especially important when the opportunity to check back with the boss is limited and circumstances change. The result is more about the effect the boss wanted, not being told how to do the job.
Leadership & Teamwork
Leadership is expected at all levels in the ADF. Veterans have experience working in and leading teams that work together to achieve goals. Leading by example, veterans are expected to delegate, motivate, inspire and deliver results.
Veterans are trained to put into practice risk-mitigation strategies to ensure that even in difficult situations they are able to achieve the best results. ADF members plan and re-plan, test and re-test, check and re-check in every scenario. Success depends on every member of the team being solely focused on delivering their part.
Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
All members of the ADF use their knowledge, available facts and situational awareness to solve issues and problems. ‘It can’t be done’ is not something you will hear from a veteran; they are dedicated to finding a solution and delivering results no matter the situation. Veterans are adaptable and flexible and used to operating in a fast paced, changing environment.
Clear, concise and accurate communications are vital for the effective operation of the ADF. Effective communication is an essential part of operation. Veterans can identify, articulate and share relevant information using well developed communication skills.
Members of the ADF are known for their values of integrity, loyalty, self-discipline and perseverance. They have a strong work ethic and their dedication and attention to detail ensures great results.
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